Friday, April 06, 2018

What Type Of Comedy Do You Like

My favorite comedy is observational comedy, or anecdotal comedy, I do not like cringe comedy, or insult comedy. I do not like comedy that makes fun of a person, or ethnic group, or a marginalized community, I do not like laughs directed at others.
Nonconforming Character Seems Designed to Appease Anti-Trans Feminists
Slate
By Brynn Tannehill
April 05, 2018

The revival of Roseanne, Roseanne Barr’s sitcom about the working-class Conner family, has already spurred a great deal of controversy. And for good reason: Barr supports President Donald Trump, as does her character, and the show reinforces the misconception that Trump supporters are primarily people who have fallen on hard times, when in fact they are on average better off than most Americans. Barr’s vociferous support for conspiracy theories has also been impossible to ignore given that she keeps promoting extremely weird ones. Yet Barr’s well-documented transphobia, as well as her association with an anti-transgender ideology described as “the Westboro Baptist Church of feminism,” has received comparatively little media attention.

The fact that Barr’s TV show grandson, Mark, is depicted as gender nonconforming—and that Roseanne producer Sara Gilbert is a lesbian—has dulled criticism of the show within the LGBTQ community. But dig deeper into Barr’s beliefs, and it becomes apparent that Mark was likely designed to appease feminists who hate transgender people.

Barr’s public disgust at transgender people dates back to a 2001 book in which she describes transgender women as “a huge guy with boobs talking about female hormones and deciding to keep his penis.” In 2012 Barr mocked Green Party candidate Jill Stein for declining to debate her, tweeting, “Jill is also in favor of letting men into spaces where young girls get changed,” and “Women do not want your penises forced in their faces or in our private bathrooms.
Respect that FACT.”
I do not consider people Don Rickles or Andrew Dice Clay comedians anyone can insult someone, it doesn’t take much talent; compare them to George Carlin, or Jerry Seinfeld or Robin Williams who get laughs not at the expense of others.

I look back at Milton Berle or Flip Wilson and see the harm that they did, how many trans people stayed in the closet because of them. They got their laughs at the expense of the trans community.

I am not a fan of Roseanne Barr.

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